Shefik Wins 3 AVA Digital Awards in 2018 for His Syndicated Radio Show
NEW YORK — AVA Digital Awards announced winners for the 2018 international awards competition. There were 2,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and 16 other countries.
AVA Digital Awards recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design, and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Work ranges from audio and video productions — to websites and social media sites that present interactive components, such as video, animation, blogs, and podcasts — to other forms of user-generated digital communication.
Media personality Shefik, a native of New York, has won three awards in the 2018 competition for his nationally syndicated terrestrial radio show, "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co). One AVA Digital Platinum Award, one AVA Digital Gold Award, and one AVA Digital Honorable Mention Award were all presented under the category "Audio Production/Radio: Program". In the 2017 competition, Shefik won five awards. This now brings the grand total to eight AVA Digital Awards overall. The AVA Digital Platinum Award is the highest honor that can be achieved in the competition, of which Shefik has received two awards (one in 2018, and the other in 2017).
AVA Digital Awards is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, and freelance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.
As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals, who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations. Over the past few years, AMCP's Advisory Board has given out over $250,000 in grants to support philanthropic endeavors.
Judges are industry professionals, who look for companies and individuals whose talents exceed a high standard of excellence, and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
"I am honored to be a recipient of multiple AVA Digital Awards for the second consecutive year," says Shefik. "Thank you to the production crew of 'Shefik presents Invocation' for their support of my vision."
The award-winning entries of "Shefik presents Invocation" are as follows:
- "Songs to Invoke Death" (AVA Digital Platinum Award): This particular episode (about "Death"), which is the 29th episode of the radio show, features 2-time Grammy Award winner Laurence Juber (Lead Guitarist, Paul McCartney & Wings (1978 - 1981)); publicist Angelo Ellerbee (President and CEO, Double XXposure); attorney Robert Siano, Esq.; and artist and party promoter Michael Alig, who served almost 17 years in prison for manslaughter; as well as messages from Billy Sherwood of the legendary progressive rock band YES; and Grammy Award winner Gerald Alston (Lead Singer, The Manhattans). Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Seth Wells (Production Assistant), Dominick Rienzi (Production Assistant), Neddy Smith (Production Assistant), Pati Sands (Production Assistant), Abdul Wells (Production Assistant).
- "Songs to Invoke Love 2" (AVA Digital Gold Award): This particular episode (about "Love"), which is the 26th episode of the radio show, features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Jasper (Member, The Isley Brothers (1973-1983) and Member, Isley Jasper Isley (1984-1987)); multi-platinum recording artist Freddie Jackson; recording artist Tony Terry; and recording artist Lachandra (Owner, Posh by Lachandra); along with messages from recording artist and multi-platinum producer Paul Laurence (Smokey Robinson, Melba Moore); and recording artist Quindon Tarver. Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Neddy Smith (Production Assistant), Dominick Rienzi (Production Assistant), Pati Sands (Production Assistant), Mark Moore (Production Assistant), Mokay Kamara (Production Assistant).
- "Songs to Invoke Fashion 2" (AVA Digital Honorable Mention Award): This particular episode (about "Fashion"), which is the 23rd episode of the radio show, features Miss Stars and Stripes' Outstanding Teen 2017 Alyssa Morgan Lego (Miss America's Outstanding Teen); USA National Miss New Jersey Teen 2017 Patricia Esposito; USA National Miss Garden State 2017 Amanda Witkowski; drummer and musical director Abe Fogle (drummer for Rob Thomas and others); Duane Gazi-White (Co-Founder and President, Re•new Artists, Imaging and Consulting); Rashgene Gazi-White (Co-Founder and Vice-President, Re•new Artists, Imaging and Consulting); as well as messages from Grammy Award nominee Kathy Sledge; Dolores Dunning Milligan of the legendary Ladies of SKYY; and recording artist Tony Terry. Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Neddy Smith (Production Assistant), Pati Sands (Production Assistant), Dominick Rienzi (Production Assistant).
"I've done countless interviews in my career, but no one has been as creative and multi-dimensional as Shefik," says 2-time Grammy Award winner Laurence Juber (Lead Guitarist, Paul McCartney & Wings (1978 - 1981)).
"It truly was an honor working with 'Shefik presents Invocation'," says Duane Gazi-White (Co-Founder and President, Re•new Artists, Imaging and Consulting). "Congratulations my friend, on your award winning series. "You're a master at your craft. A true visionary who uses 'Invocation' as a vessel to help myself and other artists share our stories. Honored to be a part of the journey."
"The award winning 'Shefik presents Invocation' is such a great platform for artists to share their stories," adds Rashgene Gazi-White (Co-Founder and Vice-President, Re•new Artists, Imaging and Consulting). "Shefik has really created something magnificent! Thank you for letting us be a part of this incredible experience."
"Shefik presents Invocation" is sponsored by Nyea's Party, who specializes in custom ballon decor for corporate and private events, as well as multicultural party supplies.
Currently celebrating over 20 years in the entertainment and technology industries, Shefik (http://shefik.info) is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation".
About 'Shefik presents Invocation'
Aptly titled "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co), the nationally syndicated radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Additionally, all interview segments are shot on video and distributed internationally via outlets, such as Amazon (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan). Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.
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